Her attorney said a Texas mother said she ran into the Uvalde Elementary School mass shooting to save her two young sons, as law enforcement officers stood outside, police harassed her and plans to take legal action. made, his lawyer said.
“As far as we know there are two definite examples,” Angelie Rose Gomez’s attorney, Mark Di Carlo, told HuffPost of the hostility, adding that he had disobeyed the orders of the authorities and saved his children. For is experienced after running into Rob Elementary School during the May 24 massacre. ,
Gomez, who said she was briefly handcuffed by police outside the school, publicly pleaded for failing to enter the officers’ building and confront the gunman who killed 19 children and two adults. criticized from Officers waited 70 minutes before storming the classroom and killing the shooter – a response that Texas’s chief of public safety has called a “gross failure.”
“He acted very bravely,” said Di Carlo, who said he is representing about 15 members of the Uvalde community. “I have confirmed to at least two people that she went to school, jumped over a fence, was handcuffed. I can’t believe there was no official in that school until she went inside and then they followed her.”
Di Carlo said Gomez believes she has been targeted by the police ever since. He was pulled over for a traffic stop and falsely accused of being an illegal immigrant in his vehicle, they said. About a week ago, a police car parked outside their house for about 45 minutes and flashed lights on them and their mother as they went for a walk.
Di Carlo said he wrote to the Uvalde Police Department about what happened, but did not receive a response.
In another incident, he said a member of Gomez’s family said that the police instructed him to tell Gomez to stop talking to the media about the massacre. That incident may be hard to prove, he said, but a Philadelphia nonprofit civil rights group has offered to file a freedom of speech lawsuit on Gomez’s behalf.
The Uvalde Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Di Carlo said other community members have also expressed anger and frustration about the officers’ behavior during the shooting. Before engaging the gunman, he said, police used taxpayer-funded resources to prevent parents from rescuing their children.
Video taken outside the school shows parents shouting and begging the authorities to enter the school as the violence unfolded.
“Police were basically acting in a derogatory way towards people who were concerned about children,” Di Carlo said. Gomez, he said, “was originally falsely arrested or falsely imprisoned, though momentarily, to prevent her from attending school.”
Di Carlo said his office intends to file at least one lawsuit related to the massacre, possibly targeting the government and law enforcement agencies. Prior to that filing, he hopes to investigate the shooter’s purchase of an AR-15-style assault rifle and the school building, including the door the killer enters.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said last week that the school would be torn down, but did not say when. Di Carlo said he has contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety and hopes to investigate first.
“That school is evidence,” Di Carlo said, and destroying it could make it harder to pursue legal claims.